Sometimes the BEST meals come from “cleaning out your fridge”!
That’s pretty much what this dish was all about.
I still had some left over sausage and peppers from the other night and it seems we always have some left over cooked chicken kickin around so that was the base for how this dish evolved.
I started with a hot deep skillet and then added:
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- one large onion ( of your choice) coarsely sliced or chopped
- 4 -5 gloves fresh chopped garlic
Let those cook up awhile and get to know each other. Then add:
- left over sausage and peppers
- left over cooked chicken ( cubed up)
- any other interesting left overs ( I had about a 1/4 of caramelized onions for some reason)
Heat those through so that everything is nice and warm then add:
- about a cup of heavy cream
Now if you are a non-dairy type you could add crushed tomatoes or tomato sauce of some sort at this point and go in that direction. But then we couldn’t very well call it “creamy chicken and sausage pasta” anymore. So if you want that on your conscience so be it!
Heat until the cream is almost coming to a boil, turn it down a little and let it “reduce” by about half.
Then add in some of your other favorite flavours. I added:
- some poultry seasoning
- some thyme
- some oregano
- some smokie paprika
keep stirring and then add some cheese if you wish. Again, I was just cleaning out the fridge and found a partly used pack of pepper corn Boursin cheese which I added and a reasonable chunk of blue cheese to give it extra zing.
Once that was all melted down and everything was super creamy I added a few handfuls of washed baby spinach, just to give it some extra colour and nutrition count.
Then it was ready.
In goes your favorite cooked pasta, toss it up and there is no time you have a yummy yummy creamy pasta dish!
Top with a little fresh grated parmesan cheese if you have it and away you go.